DEPA "Picks" Up the Banjo
With the backdrop of the study of the American music scene, DEPA welcomed Tom Bingham, a 35-year veteran banjo player to play for the K-4 students. And play he did. Mr. Bingham played a variety of different styles from the “Claw Hammer” style to the “Scruggs” style, a three finger picking style popularized by legendary banjo player Earl Scruggs. Of course, we now associate the banjo with bluegrass and country music, but that was not always the case.
In addition to playing the banjo, Mr. Bingham also gave a mini banjo history lesson. While many people consider the banjo an All-American instrument, it actually evolved from an African instrument called the banjar. From there, the three main type of banjos were born: the plectrum banjo, the tenor banjo and the five-string banjo. Mr. Bingham performed a variety of styles of music on his five-string banjo, including a classical piece by Bach!
A big DEPA thank you to both our incredibly talented music teacher, Mrs. Sampson, for continually finding talented musicians for our children’s benefit as well as to Sue Hoch, DEPA’s Grade Specific Enrichment chair, who helped to arrange the event.